Chester fail with Quaker swoop

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Chester City have failed with a move for Darlington defender Matt Clarke.

The Quakers were looking to finance a move for former Middlesbrough defender Dean Gordon and were happy to let Clarke move on.

However, the player failed to agree terms with Chester and stayed put in The North East - meaning Darlington had to pull out of a deal for Gordon.

"I spoke to Matt's (Matthew Clarke) agent who had a call in reference to an offer from Ian Rush and Chester," said Hodgson. 

"I spoke to his agent and they said they would not allow him to go to Chester. So for that then there is never going to be a deal."

Hodgson had expected Gordon to sign for Dundee - but the SPL club pulled out of the deal on Friday and that may yet mean the former England Under-21 full back signs for The Quakers.

After seeing the move for Clarke fall through, Chester extended the loan spells of Luton duo Dave Bayliss and Ian Hillier.

Meanwhile, Darlington have handed a trial to Lithuanian international striker Grigalevicius Mindaugas.

The 23-year-old, who has been plying his trade with VB Vagur of the Faroe Islands, will train with Hodgson's side next week.